Arab Musical Theatre back home after being selected for featured performance at International Thespian Festival

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ARAB, Ala. —  A group of Marshall County teens are back home now after getting an experience of a lifetime.

Arab Musical Theatre put on one last production of Zombie Prom in June.  It was a packed show, and every penny of the proceeds helped.

In a once in a lifetime chance that’s quite the honor, the group was accepted to perform at the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska. Five high schools in the nation were selected to perform on the featured stage at the festival. The only group from Alabama to be chosen, Arab Musical Theatre, was one of them.
“It’s a huge deal,” says group member Caroline Norton.

Norton just graduated and says the opportunity to go was an honor.

They had some trouble getting there though. They needed funds for a charter bus. So after fundraisers, an online donation site, and a send-off performance of Zombie Prom, the group got the funding they needed. They were about $11,000 short.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us and came out to see our show,” Norton says, “We were able to raise money for the bus and to get everyone to festival, so it all worked out.”

The group got a chance of a lifetime. “You work so hard to get to that place and to finally be there on that huge stage in front of all of these people and perform this show that you worked so hard on, it was an incredible experience,” said Norton.

Along with some of her peers in the group, Norton is headed off to college. The experience is memory that will surely stick through their next steps.

“There’s honestly nothing like it,” Norton says.